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Solar Racking Makers Join Forces to Stop Solar Trade Tariff

January 12, 2018  |  Boulder, CO

Ecolibrium Solar has joined forces with 26 other American solar racking manufacturers to urge United States Trade Representative Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer to oppose the proposed tariff on imported solar parts.
This tariff has the potential to affect the health of all solar companies, including the solar racking companies that make the products that hold the solar panels on rooftops nationwide. Solar racking companies collectively provide 5,700 American jobs. If imposed, this tariff threatens thousands of manufacturing and installation jobs nationwide.

The letter sent to Ambassador Lighthizer follows.

Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer
United States Trade Representative
600 17th St, NW
Washington, DC 20006

January 10, 2018

Dear Ambassador Lighthizer:
We collectively are twenty-seven metal structure manufacturers that are part of the CSPV solar value chain. We strongly oppose the use of tariffs on solar modules in the current 201 case.

Our companies and our domestic suppliers support more than 5,700 manufacturing jobs across America. The metal structures we produce literally hold solar energy systems together and are one of the three major manufactured products in a solar system:
- Modules (convert light to electricity)
- Advanced electronics (convert direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) electricity;
increase the power production from modules; provide measurements and controls)
- Mounting structures (typically metal and physically support the solar power plant on the
ground or a roof)

Much of the coverage of this case has focused on module manufacturing and retaining some of its presence in the U.S. We write to emphasize that we are manufacturing today one of the three pillars of manufactured products for the solar industry and we are doing so in America. As the industry grows, we intend to continue to hire thousands of U.S. workers.

Such growth is gravely threatened by high levels of tariffs in this trade case. We collectively ask that you consider the impact of demand destruction from high tariffs on our manufacturing business. We want to continue to manufacture competitive, high-quality products in the U.S. for U.S. customers, rather than cutting operations or laying off workers. On behalf of our 5,700 workers and the many more we plan to hire in the coming years, make the right choice in
avoiding tariffs on solar modules and allowing us and the solar sector to continue to thrive.

Constantino Nicolaou

Chief Executive Officer, PanelClaw, Inc.
1570 Osgood Street, Suite 2100 North Andover, MA 01845

Mathias Muther
Chief Executive Officer, Aerocompact
901A Matthews Mint Hill Road, Matthews, NC 28105

Ron Corio
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Array Technologies, Inc.
3901 Midway Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Brian Stearns
Chief Executive Officer, EcoFasten Solar
4741 West Polk Street, Phoenix, AZ 85043

Andrew Worden
Chief Executive Officer, GameChange Solar
730 Fifth Avenue, 16th Floor New York, NY 10019

Kai Stephan
Chief Executive Officer, Pegasus Solar, Inc.
100 West Ohio Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Lyle Rawlings
Owner & Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Solar Products
270 South Main Street, Suite 203, Flemington, NJ 08822

Joel Stanley, Founder
Anchor Products, LLC, 1101 Lavaca Trail
Colleyville, TX 76034

Bill Taylor
Chief Executive Officer, DCE Solar
13420 Reese Boulevard, West Huntersville, NC 28078

Ted Capossela
Chief Executive Officer, Ecolibrium Solar, Inc.
507 Richland Ave., Athens, OH 45701

Dan Shugar
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, NexTracker
6200 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94555

Michael Maulick
President & Chief Executive Officer, SunLink Corporation
2 Belvedere Place, Suite 210 Mill Valley, CA 94941

William Kim
Chief Executive Officer, IronRidge
1495 Zephyr Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544

Claudia Wentworth

Chief Executive Officer, Quick Mount PV
2700 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

R.M. Haddock
Chief Executive Officer, Metal Roof Innovations, Ltd. dba S-5!

8750 Walker Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80908

Troy Tyler
Chief Executive Officer, Smash Solar, Inc.
1140 Harbour Way South, Richmond, CA 94804

Kenneth A. Mack II
President & Chief Executive Officer, Solar FlexRack
3207 Innovation Place, Youngstown, OH 44509

Tony Liu
President & Founder, Sunmodo Corporation

14800 NE 65th Street, Vancouver, WA 98682

Ryan C. Reid
President & Chief Executive Officer, TerraSmart
9530 Marketplace Road, Suite 203 Fort Meyers, FL 33912

Peter Lorenz
Chief Executive Officer, Unirac, Inc.
1411 Broadway Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Gary Schuster
President & Chief Executive Officer, OMCO
30396 Lakeland Blvd., Wickliffe, OH 44092

Bill Vietas

President, RBI Solar, Inc.

5513 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45217

Russell Schmit
President & Chief Executive Officer, Schletter Inc.
1001 Commerce Center Drive, Shelby, NC 28150

Chris Oestreich
Vice President and General Manager, SnapNrack Solar Mounting Solutions

775 Fiero Lane, Suite 200, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Elie Rothschild
Chief Executive Officer, Sollega, Inc.
2480 Mission Street, #107B, San Francisco, CA 94110

Leila Madrone
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Sunfolding, Inc.
3101 20th Street,San Francisco, CA 94110

Dr. Leslie G. Fritzemeier
President & Chief Executive Officer, Tessolar Inc.
106 North Hancock Street, Lexington, MA 02420

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